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The Following Reports are available from the Australian Islands :
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Tours of Australia Multi-state tours of Australia
Australian Islands (This Page) Lord Howe Island, Christmas Island
Western Australia Western Australia
Central South Australia, Northern Territory
Eastern Australia Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania

Flesf footed Shearwater

Lord Howe Island: November 18 - 21, 2005

  • Lord Howe is attractive for Australian birders because it offers the chance to pick up several difficult Aussie “ticks”. But the main attraction for any birder is the endemic Lord Howe Woodhen. In addition, seeing seabirds at a breeding location in the hundreds or thousands can be more satisfying than trying to identify a distant speck from a moving boat....Gary Babic reports

Christmas Island Thrush

Christmas Island (Australia) 03 - 06 June 2005

  • This report covers a short visit to a wonderful location, Christmas Island, an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean. Christmas Island holds several endemic species and subspecies, and most are easy to locate, but the logistics can be formidable...Gary Babic reports

Lord Howe Woodhen

Lord Howe Island March 13-17 2005

  • Lord Howe (Lat. 31º 33”S, 159º 05’E) is an outlying subtropical island designated since 1982 as a World Heritage site. It is the final refuge for the endemic Woodhen from the days when it was at the point of extinction....Phil Gregory reports



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Some Useful bird books for australia:
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Field Guide to Australian Birds
Michael Morcombe: Buy from

  • A beautifully illustrated and brand new guide to 850 species of birds seen in Australia, Tasmania and Australia's Island Territories. There are lots of innovations, the contoured range maps that also indicate the likelihood of seeing a species are a great idea. Colour coded family groups make finding species in the book very easy. The large illustrated section on nests and eggs is unique in recent guides. The text is authoritative and thorough, I highly recommend this book.

Field Guide to the Birds of Australia 
Ken Simpson, Nic Day: Buy from or

  • Includes details on 770 species found in Australia. Colour illustrations are accompanied by distribution maps, descriptive drawings and useful field information. This edition has been expanded to provide new illustrations and information.

Field Guide: Birds of Australia 
Graham Pizzey, Frank Knight (Illustrator): Buy from or  

  • New and updated. A handbook of Australian birds containing information on 778 species of birds. Identification features are highlighted in the text and illustrations help birdwatchers distinguish similar species. Details of breeding and nesting habits, voice characteristics and habitats are also included.

Green Guide: Birds of Australia
Peter Rowland: Buy from or

  • There are over 700 species of birds in Australia, and this book provides an introduction to the major groups, with an emphasis on those that the amateur naturalist and nature-lover is most likely to see. The book is organized into six sections which cover birds of prey, waders and waterbirds, seabirds, songbirds, pigeons and parrots and other birds. Information is organized simply, with individual species or group entries describing key characteristics - where they are found, food requirements and behavioral habits.

Birdwatching in Australia and New Zealand
Ken Simpson, Zoe Wilson : Buy from or

  • This is a comprehensive introduction to birdwatching in Australia and New Zealand, linking bird observation to habitat with a special emphasis on conservation. The book covers a diverse range of subjects: where to find various birds; migration patterns; breeding habits; bird calls; equipment; how to combine bird watching with other hobbies; and birdwatching for the disabled. It lists popular spots to visit, where to buy tools, and birdwatching clubs. Colour photographs help with identification of various birds.

A Photographic Guide to Birds of Australia
Peter Rowland: Buy from

  • This photographic guide deals with the basics of bird identification in Australia by presenting those species that are most likely to be seen in accessible habitats throughout the region. The book is aimed directly at field identification. For those species that are sexually dimorphic, have both breeding and non-breeding plumages, or in which the juvenile plumage differs markedly from that of the adult, more than one photograph has been included. Thumbnail silhouettes aid the reader in quickly locating the correct group of birds, and for each species account a map shows the bird's distribution

Recommended Travel books for Australia:

Australia: Rough Guide  
Margo Daly: Buy from or  

  • Pratical and up-to-date, this guide includes comprehensive coverage of every town and city in Australia. Candid and critical reviews of the best places to eat, drink, and sleep are included and expert information is provided on exploring the great outdoors

Lonely Planet Australia (10th Ed)  
Hugh Finlay: Buy from or

  • "This guide was my bible throughout my visit to Australia. It was just never wrong, and helped me out of some nasty scrapes. Recommended reading for anyone travelling down under."

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